Niemer Named AVCA All-American|
Dec. 15, 2010
CINCINNATI – Stephanie Niemer, a senior outside hitter from the University of Cincinnati, was named to the Division I All-America Second Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Tuesday.
Niemer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry) is the first player in Cincinnati history to earn a selection on the All-America Second Team after finishing the season ranked fourth in the NCAA in kills per set (5.12) and third in points per set (5.93).
"It’s a great honor for Steph and the program, and a testament to her hard work and dedication," said head coach Reed Sunahara.
The 2010 BIG EAST Player of the Year was named an AVCA All-Regional performer the past two seasons and ended her career ranked first in UC history in service aces and second in kills and kills per set.
Joining Niemer on the All-America list were senior Annie Fesl (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) and sophomore Jordanne Scott (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North), who both were named AVCA All-America Honorable Mentions.
Fesl, a four-year starter at setter, concluded her senior season ranked fifth in the nation in assists per set (12.07) and finished the regular season first in the BIG EAST in that category. Fesl was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection in 2010 and 2009, while landing on the second team in 2008. She sits at No. 2 on UC's all-time assists chart and fourth on the assists per set list.
Scott came into her own during her sophomore season, earning 2010 All-BIG EAST First Team honors. She led the team in attack percentage (.333) from the middle blocker position, and finished behind Niemer for second in kills per set (2.84).
Previous Bearcat All-Americans were middle blocker Jessie Nevitt (2005-08), outside hitter Julie DuPont (2001-04) and setter Laura Lauder (2000-03). Nevitt was a three-time (2005, 2006, 2008) AVCA Honorable Mention; DuPont was an 2003 AVCA All-America Third-Team selection and a 2004 All-America Honorable Mention; while Lauder was a 2003 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention.